Lawyers Seek Green Acres Life Through Iowa Farming Program
Posted Aug 12, 2009 7:18 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Some lawyers are considering an unusual career move that would take them out of the courthouse and into the farm fields.
A special Iowa program links farmers considering retirement with people who want to learn the ropes, and it’s attracting people from all sorts of occupations, including the legal profession, the Associated Press reports. Others who have applied to the program include factory workers, insurance adjusters, an accountant and a dentist.
One lawyer who says he’s ready to begin farming is Nate Litwin of Tennessee, according to the story. He recently visited three farm families in Iowa participating in the program. He says he and his wife, Karen, also a lawyer, would like to raise their 5-year old daughter on a farm. But Litwin doesn’t plan to give up his law practice entirely.
"A lot of people say, 'Are you sure you want to do this?' I say, 'We definitely do,' " he told AP. "They say farming is a tough life. At the same time, they tell me about all the great times they had growing up."